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City leaders call Carolina Country Music Festival a success

At the height of the Festival on Saturday night, festival organizer Bob Durkin says more than 19,000 people gathered for the show and he saw the six months of planning unfold. (Source: WMBF News) At the height of the Festival on Saturday night, festival organizer Bob Durkin says more than 19,000 people gathered for the show and he saw the six months of planning unfold. (Source: WMBF News)
Durkin said he expects the festival to bring in even more people next year and plans to sit down with city leaders over the next couple of weeks to begin planning. (Source: WMBF News) Durkin said he expects the festival to bring in even more people next year and plans to sit down with city leaders over the next couple of weeks to begin planning. (Source: WMBF News)

 MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As crews worked to clean up, city leaders and event organizers reflected on the first Carolina Country Music Festival. 

After months of being unsure how the event would come together, city leaders called the festival a success. 

"I think we had a question mark too, of whether or not we could pull off something of this size and certainly I think we did successfully," Mark Kruea said.

At the height of the Festival on Saturday night, festival organizer Bob Durkin says more than 19,000 people gathered for the show and he saw the six months of planning unfold.

"..and when they got there, eyes were just wide open, checking out the festival site, so all the people that were saying you know, I don't think parking was the issue that everybody thought it was going to be, I don't think traffic was. I think that happened, because of great planning," Durkin explained.

Durkin has already been in touch with Myrtle Beach City Mayor John Rhodes to confirm the festivals return.

Rhodes said he too attended the festival and noticed it brought in many first time visitors to Myrtle Beach.

City Spokesman Mark Kruea explained now it's time to evaluate.

"We need to look at all the moving parts, and how we can make them work a little bit better, what the city's role in all of that will be. that's really on the table next year," Kruea said.

Kruea said they needed more workers than expected, especially for clean-up and Durkin has a few tweaks of his own.

"Yeah, I think some of the gates and security and the VIP areas and backstage areas...there are so many people to distinguish who's allowed to go to different areas, so to be more organized with that," Durkin explained. 

Adjustments aside, Durkin feels the Carolina Country Music Festival is officially on the map and there's proof it's a success.

"The second year now, we'll have the video footage, we'll have the first person...recommendation, coming from people, you know you have to go to this event. So it does kind of change everything. I think CCMF, people know what it is now," Durkin explained.

Durkin said he expects the festival to bring in even more people next year and plans to sit down with city leaders over the next couple of weeks to begin planning.

Kruea said next year's Carolina Country Music Festival isn't the only music event in the books right now, and a reggae music festival is also coming to Myrtle Beach in October. He said the festival has been out of Wilmington in the past. 

Kruea explained event organizers for the reggae festival are anticipating the event to bring in about 6,000 people. 

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